Humidity is not just sweating or condensation on glasses in the heat. This type of humidity is the least dangerous. When we talk about humidity in the home, we are referencing a much more dangerous humidity that can have adverse effects on you and your family. Here are a few outcomes of too much humidity in the home.

Dust Mites

Dust mites are naturally attracted to the heat and cause asthma and allergies. Because they are so small, they are often unseen, presenting almost an invisible danger. When you or your loved ones are experiencing itchiness, wheezing, skin inflammation and red eyes, it could be attributed to these nasty pests. A sensitivity to them would cause one’s body to mistake them as disease-causing germs, which forces our bodies to produce an excess of antibodies to fight off the perceived foreign invaders. As a result, much discomfort is experienced by the affected person.

Corroded Electronics

Plastic cases are a great way to cover the internal pieces of our electronics, but that doesn’t mean they won’t experience corrosion. An excess of humidity will cause the internal structure of your electronics to rust, without you realizing it until the plastic encasement is removed.

Insect Invasion

Insects are attracted to warm climates. In these areas, they can easily thrive and multiply faster, making your home their breeding ground. To keep them at bay and prevent colonies from being built where you live, maintain humidity levels between 40%-50% at the most.

Mildew And Molds

One of the main and most costly dangers of excess humidity is the growth of mold and mildew. Eventually the mold becomes visible to the naked eye as they continue to breed and increase in number. Those who are sensitive or allergic to them would suffer from stuffy noses, coughing, and throat, skin and eye irritation.People with asthma are especially at risk with mold and mildew in the home. Even healthy individuals may suffer from the same effects and eventually develop upper respiratory illnesses with prolonged exposure.

Damage To Walls And Furnishings

What would eventually happen if your home has too high humidity? The paint on your walls will begin peeling, the leather of your couch will break and fall apart, and the floorboard will start collapsing. Fungi will begin to grow and eat away at your furniture, walls and ceilings. Your home will suffer just like the people living in it will.

Reduced Body Water

In addition to the adverse health effects from asthma and allergies, the excess humidity can also harm a body directly. Affected individuals will experience anything from dry skin to to dry nasal passages to sore throats to chapped lips which could further complicate and lead to other illnesses. Mucus is one of the body’s defense against foreign microbes and a lack of this would lower a person’s protection from sickness-causing viruses.

If you notice an increase of humidity in your home, it is important to squash the problem immediately. Contact Westshore Mechanical at (616) 449-1039. We can help bring your home back to a balanced temperature by remedying the HVAC issue.